PRESS RELEASE: IWA Launches 2015 National Raffle to Support Waterways Restoration Projects

Issue Date: 1st August 2015

IWA has launched the 2015 Waterways Restoration Raffle following the huge success of last year’s event when over £13,000 was raised for 54 restoration societies. The raffle aims to support waterways restoration projects across the UK and gives restoration societies the opportunity to sell tickets and promote their own cause.

Tickets are now on sale and can be found in Autumn Waterways magazine as well via IWA’s website and through some of the restoration groups hoping to gain support this year. The ambition is to top last year’s figure and give at least £15,000 to restoration projects as well as to IWA’s WRG van appeal.

IWA’s National Chairman Les Etheridge says “The success of last year’s raffle far exceeded our expectations and IWA was delighted to be able to give over £13,000 to so many deserving restoration projects across the country. This year we hope to raise even more to support these causes and our target is to increase the number of specific nominations made by ticket purchases. Help us to support your local restoration project.”

Tickets cost £2 each and are in books of 10 tickets. You have the chance to decide where the money from your purchase goes by nominating your favourite project on the ticket stub.

There are many amazing prizes to be won:

First prize, donated by The Wyvern Shipping Company, is a one week boating holiday on a six berth narrowboat during June, September or October 2016 worth up to £1,500.

Second prize, donated by Andersen Boats, is a three night (Friday-Monday) or four night (Monday-Friday) boating holiday on a four berth boat worth up to £700.

Third prize, donated by Canal Cruising Company, is a weekend boating holiday for four people worth £590.

Other prizes include Crick Festival weekend tickets and a 12-month subscription to Canal Boat.

For more information about the raffle, a full list of prizes and how to purchase tickets see www.waterways.org.uk/raffle or contact the raffle organiser Toby Gomm at toby.gomm@waterways.org.uk or 01494 783453 ext. 611.

IWA would like to thank Wyvern Shipping, Andersen Boats, Canal Cruising Company, Cambrian Cruisers, Calcutt Boats, ABC Leisure, Waterways World, Midland Chandlers, Archant and The Stone Boat Building Company.

ENDS

Notes for Editors:

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA), a registered charity, leads campaigns to conserve, maintain and restore Britain’s network of canal and river waterways. With a membership of around 16,000, IWA provides a strong voice for waterways users, working with navigation authorities, local and national government and other organisations to keep all our waterways alive. www.waterways.org.uk

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Wappenshall Wharf
Credit: Richard Knisely-Marpole